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The 11 Best Online Escape the Room Games

James Hirtz Updated 04-12-2019

Escape the Room games (ETR games) are among the most elaborate and challenging games you can find online. They combine puzzles and riddles with looking for hidden objects and clues.

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To experience the thrill for yourself, we’ve gathered some of the best online escape room games out there for you to try.

Note: Be warned that you will have to enable Flash in your browser to play some of these point-and-click Escape the Room games.

1. The Mystery of Time and Space

After the release of The Mystery of Time and Space (MOTAS) in 2001, the game continues to be remembered as the pioneer of online Escape the Room games. The makers of the Crimson Room (our next entry) even credit MOTAS as an influence.

Screenshot of the first room of MOTAS

In contrast to other titles, the game features a notable science fiction plot that evolves as the game goes on. Rather than leaving the mystery to the room puzzles alone, players must try to decipher whether they’re a clone or alien while making their way through the game.

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2. The Crimson Room

After MOTAS, The Crimson Room’s launch in 2004 helped further popularize the online escape game genre. As a relatively short game, it pioneers a lot of the staples of the genre.

A screenshot of The Crimson Room's main area

Following what appears to have been a night of heavy drinking, you wake up trapped in a room. You’ll have to look for clues to eventually get the bedroom door open. Since this was originally a Japanese game, you might find some language quirks in the game, but they certainly don’t get in the way of the fun gameplay.

3. The Submachine Series

The 13 Submachine escape games will keep you on your toes. You won’t find yourself trapped in just one room but rather in a labyrinth of rooms that you have to navigate.

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In these games, you’ll find yourself trying to escape an underground labyrinth, an abandoned lighthouse, a padded white cell, and more.

A sampling of the different Submachine games and their environments

Submachine’s Escape the Room games are incredibly intuitive. You’ll know what levers to pull, what items to pick up, and which buttons to push. Submachine is one of those games that’s challenging enough to keep you engaged but not so difficult that you’ll want to just give up.

4. Neutral Escape Games

Neutral has a great series of seven traditional ETR games. They also offer four Christmas-themed escape room games and two mini escape room games.

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Challenges range in difficulty from level 1 (easiest) to level 4 (hardest). The seven main titles from easiest to hardest are Switch, Sphere, RGB, Lights, Linkage, Vision, and Elements. For the more difficult games, you’ll want to keep a notebook and pen handy.

A screenshot of one of Neutral's games and its inventory system

With all of Neutral’s Escape the Room games, you can save your game and come back to it later, meaning you can use the life skills that video games can help you develop 8 Life Skills That Video Games Can Teach You Video games are more than fun! They can teach you life skills that'll help you be more disciplined and successful in life. Read More before returning to crack these puzzles.

5. The Doors

The Doors is another labyrinth of the Escape the Room game genre, with rooms and doors that seem to go on forever. The game can become a fast-paced whirlwind of going back and forth trying to figure out which door led where. Still, all that matters is investigating every nook and cranny of the rooms.

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A screenshot of The Doors with an example of the inventory system

6. Ant Hill Trap

Ant Hill Trap takes a much more whimsical approach to the ETR genre. The graphics and storyline are extremely child-friendly. Not only are the graphics cartoony, but a lot of the puzzles are image-driven and will appeal to kids.

A screenshot showing Ant Hill Trap's interface, pause button, and timer

With the built-in pause button and timer, parents can easily set timed sessions for their younger children. If you want to introduce your children to escape rooms, this is the place to start.

7. The Afro-Ninja Escape Series

Afro-Ninja has a series of seven minigames that are challenging but less elaborate than the others on this list. This makes them ideal if you’re looking for a quick fix to feed your Escape the Room game addiction. Anyone craving more quick hits should try these addictive mobile games you can play for five minutes at a time.

A screenshot showing Afro Ninja's Series 7 office entry

Across the different series entries, players can find themselves locked in a variety of mostly tight spaces, including a car, closet, phone booth, bathroom, office, and shack. Notably, the fifth title adds a survival element to these Escape the Room games where players have to escape a freezer or die of hypothermia.

8. Murder Escape

In Murder Escape, the camera pans around a room with a disconcerting pool of blood seeping in from under its door. It’s up to you to find the clues to get out.

A screenshot of Murder Escape's locked room and inventory

The game has its quirks as far as Escape the Room games go. If you don’t catch the instruction at the beginning then you won’t realize the spacebar key puts items away, and you’ll often find yourself endlessly clicking on the screen just to get back to your previous view. However, the tense mystery still makes this one worth playing.

9. Escape the Prison

If you’re brand new to escape room games, Escape the Prison is a great place to start. As the name suggests, you’re trying to get out of your prison cell. You’ll need to put your powers of observation to the test in order to escape from your mostly empty jail cell.

A screenshot of the two doors to escape from in Escape the Prison

Since the game only has two doors, it makes for a quick playthrough for anyone with a keen eye.

10. Escape the Office

If you really enjoyed Escape the Prison, the developer’s other entry offers similar pacing. The office allows for more of the typical interactions of the genre but still manages to feel faster.

A screenshot of the locked door in Escape the Office 2015

If you’re looking for an Escape the Room game to speedrun, give this one a try.

11. Baba Yaga

For those tired of Escape the Room games grounded in reality, Baba Yaga offers a fantasy alternative. It’s a lot like a fairy tale as you find yourself trapped in a witch’s treehouse. The witch even makes a few silhouette appearances as you play the game where she flies around on her broom menacingly.

A screenshot of Baba Yaga's main room and inventory system

The production values on this game are among the highest on this list, and it makes a refreshing change from some of the more stark and foreboding games that are typical of the genre. And, of course, magic spells play a role in getting you out of this one.

Can You Escape the Best Escape Room Games?

Escape the Room games put your detective skills to the test. They’re incredibly rewarding, so give some of these a try the next time you feel like solving challenging mysteries.

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  1. Jeffrey
    April 24, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    The popular Legends of Canada room by Complex Rooms has been converted to an online desktop version you can play in a browser (No knowledge of Canada required, eh!). https://complexrooms.com/online

  2. Frank
    April 16, 2020 at 5:14 am

    I’m looking for an escape game that I think was originally Japanese made where you were basically suppose to free a soul. I think the same creators also had a series of rooms called the white room and in the blue room I think you were in a garage and there was a motorcycle. Any help would be much appreciated

    • Nishant Jain
      April 18, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      You are referring to cube escape by rusty lakes series.

  3. Jacques
    November 20, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    I can't believe Rusty Lake's Cube Escape series isn't here :v
    It's by far the coolest and most well done escape game series IMO. Totally recommend!

    • DeeMice
      September 5, 2019 at 7:39 pm

      i totally agree!!!! i was just reading if there are MAYBE some similar like the Rusty Lake's Cube

  4. Ebru
    April 6, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I adored the last game of Neutral which is Elements. I have not played any room escape game with such beautiful designs, sophisticated and fulfilling puzzles.

  5. illuminatiwhale
    September 27, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    i really like the cube escape series

  6. Anonymous
    September 14, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    You might like the room escape games from Rusty Lake as well: Cube Escape

  7. MustEscape96
    May 11, 2015 at 7:35 am

    The Fog Fall series is also great, though sadly it is unfinished as of this day. It kind of sucks because I want to know what is going to happen next.
    I can also recommend the two games in the Cube Escape-series (Seasons and the Lake) as well as Samsara Room by the same group. Just be prepared for some content in Seasons that some people may not be comfortable with, I am not going to spoil anything but it is just a warning. It is a great game, I really recommend it.
    Would recommend Bars of Black and White if it wasn't for the ending and the extremly short experience.

  8. SunShineBunnyGirl
    March 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    where is "alice is dead" ? its a pretty good series. also, i expected to see "the last door" too...not to mention "covert front"....

    • Li Li
      July 10, 2016 at 2:25 am

      yup, i am playing on it, soo hard

  9. Abhikut
    March 13, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Great Article.. but I have been searching the whole net for one awesome escape game.. it has a boy as a protagonist and one of its series has a mission on a plane.. if anybody can gimme the link for that, it wud b really helpful..

  10. brainmoore5
    November 2, 2010 at 6:55 am
  11. JohnnythekiD
    October 16, 2010 at 5:11 am

    CDX.....is awesome

  12. Gaming PC
    September 13, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Interestingly, i only played my first ever escape the room game the other day online... It was very poor tho so don't know if it was an old one perhaps.

  13. Escape Artist
    August 30, 2010 at 3:06 am

    How about an article on creating them? Like what kind of software to use?

  14. Escape Artist
    August 23, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Does Mateusz offer any help in english??? All I saw was japanese...

    • nm
      August 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

      Are you looking for hints/walkthroughs for submachine?

      • Escape Artist
        September 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm

        Yes, I was. But luckily I found the hint page. :-)

  15. escape game fan
    August 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Mateusz Skutnik is a genius and though they're not strictly 'escape' games - his other stuff like 'Daymare Town' and 'Covert Front' are brilliant too.

    But another escape series definitely worth mentioning is the 'Loom series' - they're amazing too - http://akarika.net/games/escap...

  16. escape game fan
    August 21, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Mateusz Skutnik is a genius and though they're not strictly 'escape' games - his other stuff like 'Daymare Town' and 'Covert Front' are brilliant too.

    But another escape series definitely worth mentioning is the 'Loom series' - they're amazing too - http://akarika.net/games/escape/loom_dawn.htm

  17. Escape Artist
    August 21, 2010 at 5:28 am

    I discovered 'escape games' several months ago and now I'm hopelessly hooked!
    If you like 'em, try these links. You'll need your Flash plugin at version 9 or 10.

    These games have a huge following and there is always help if/when you need it. Best of all, they're free and more come out every week!

    Start with 'The Stone of Anamara'. It's part one of a great game that, sadly,
    was never completed. But beware... it's *VERY* creepy! Don't play it in the
    dark. Or alone.

    You've been warned... :-)

    The Stone of Anamara, [Broken Link Removed] >

    http://www.escapegames24.com/

    [Broken Link Removed]
    http://jayisgames.com/tag/esca...

    http://jayisgames.com/tag/horr...

    http://www.gamershood.com/c17/...

  18. Escape Artist
    August 21, 2010 at 3:28 am

    I discovered 'escape games' several months ago and now I'm hopelessly hooked!
    If you like 'em, try these links. You'll need your Flash plugin at version 9 or 10.

    These games have a huge following and there is always help if/when you need it. Best of all, they're free and more come out every week!

    Start with 'The Stone of Anamara'. It's part one of a great game that, sadly,
    was never completed. But beware... it's *VERY* creepy! Don't play it in the
    dark. Or alone.

    You've been warned... :-)

    The Stone of Anamara,
    [Broken Link Removed]

    http://www.escapegames24.com/

    [Broken Link Removed]

    http://jayisgames.com/tag/escape

    http://jayisgames.com/tag/horror

    http://www.gamershood.com/c17/room-escape/

    • nm
      August 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

      Thanks for the list - and there goes my productivity! Gamershood really is one of the best places to go for escape games.

  19. timmyjohnboy
    August 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Same here, I never heard of "escape the room" games before. Sounds fun and thanks for some to start on :)

  20. Saikat Basu
    August 20, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I didn't even know that there was a genre of games like these!

  21. Jgmanza
    August 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Submachine....Yeahhhh!!!!!

  22. Aibek
    August 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    love such games, thanks Nancy!

    • nm
      August 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm

      I can't tell you how much time I have probably wasted playing these games! I just can't resist them.

  23. Michael Waltl
    August 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Guys, the links to the submachine games are wrong, they don't go to the site of the original creator. All submachine links should go to pastelgames.com!

  24. Michael Waltl
    August 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Guys, the links to the submachine games are wrong, they don't go to the site of the original creator. All submachine links should go to pastelgames.com!

    • nm
      August 17, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out Fletcher.

  25. Michael Waltl
    August 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm

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  26. Michael Waltl
    August 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm

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  27. Steve Campbell
    August 17, 2010 at 2:57 am

    I love escape the room games. Thank you for this, Nancy.

    • nm
      August 17, 2010 at 6:39 am

      Thanks Steve! Glad you enjoyed it.

  28. Mateusz
    August 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    you're linking submachine to the wrong place. here's full list of submachine games:
    http://www.pastelportal.com/st...

    thanks,
    Mateusz Skutnik

    • jessy
      January 27, 2017 at 11:03 am

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  29. Mateusz
    August 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    you're linking submachine to the wrong place. here's full list of submachine games:
    http://www.pastelportal.com/stories/the-submachines/

    thanks,
    Mateusz Skutnik

    • nm
      August 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

      Thanks for pointing that out. The links have been changed.